Summary

We spent 5.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The Ultra Raptor features a breathable Air Mesh upper.
  • It has an EVA Rock Guard, which provide foot protection from stones and other debris.
  • Many testers were welcomed the durable nature of this running shoe
  • Stability is received from the mid-sole and even upper unit, both of which utilize components that keep the foot balanced and in place.
  • This shoe has the Sticky FriXion XF rubber outsole for impressive grip and traction on rocky surfaces.
  • The Impact Brake System lessens impact and improves the surface grip during uphill and downhill traversals.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners experienced slippage when running on technical terrain and wet surfaces.
  • The weight of this running shoe is heavy.
  • Its price is slightly expensive.
  • There were testers who noted that it was too bulky and unwieldy.

Bottom line

The La Sportiva Ultra Raptor is a neutral running shoe designed for trail running. It features a combination of comfortable, stable and responsive parts that give an adequate ride. You can use this shoe as a daily trainer or for long distance running.

Facts

Rankings

Among the better Trail running shoes
Top 6% most popular running shoes

Expert Reviews

80 / 100 based on 12 expert reviews

  • 88 / 100 | La Sportiva North America | | Level 1 expert

    It's an amazing shoe.

  • 87 / 100 | Trail Hippies Hiking | Level 1 expert

    These, here, are just amazing shoes and I can't say enough good things about them. Definitely check them out.

  • 83 / 100 | Trail to Peak | | Level 5 expert

    When it comes down to it, I’m on my second pair now, so clearly the functionality vs durability trade-off is one I’m willing to make.

  • 66 / 100 | OutdoorGearLab | | Level 4 expert

    This shoe performs the best of all in these technical (and less technical) conditions. This range is mainly attributable to the balance of its protection, stability, and traction. It bites down on the trail with its aggressive tread while providing ample protection with elements such as a full rock guard and adequate cushioning.

  • 83 / 100 | Runultra | | Level 2 expert

    For a durable, fairly grippy and very well structured shoe that offers lots of support, the La Sportiva Ultra Raptors are really good. - See more at: http://www.runultra.co.uk/Reviews/Products/Kit-review-La-Sportiva-Ultra-Raptor

  • 95 / 100 | Running Through The West | | Level 1 expert

    That first run up the canyon was fun. I got up so high that I eventually was on snow for a few miles before I turned around and headed back down.

Become an expert

  • The La Sportiva Ultra Raptor features the Impact Brake lugged system that is specifically designed to lessen the landing impact and improved the traction for downhill and uphill runs.
  • It also comes with an enhanced outsole where the sticky rubber compound is strategically located, delivering impressive traction and grip on technical and rocky terrains.
  • This shoe also comes with a heel pocket cushioning that delivers added durability and comfortable fit for a long-lasting running performance.

The Ultra Raptor is true to its size. The heel, midfoot and forefoot areas are of standard measurements, giving a snug and comfortable fit. The men’s and women’s version is available in medium and wide widths.


The Ultra Raptor from La Sportiva features the brand’s FriXion XF outsole that delivers full-length durable traction specifically designed for rocky and technical terrain. This functions with the aggressive impact lugs engineered to lessen landing impact for a more stable and responsive ride. The rock guard in the forefoot gives added foot protection from rock bruises while running on rocky terrain.


The midsole unit of the shoe uses injected molded EVA that delivers a moderate amount of cushioning. It also uses the Flex Transfer Shank that is specifically designed for torsional rigidity.


The upper of the La Sportiva Ultra Raptor is very breathable because of the air mesh cover that encompasses almost the entire upper. The flexible material offers a sublime fit. The lacing harness extends from the lacing eyelets to the midsole for a snug fit. In contrast, the Salomon Speedcross 5 utilizes nylon mesh in its upper.

Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

jens@runrepeat.com